World Wide Web Turns 30

2019-03-12 Tue

The World Wide Web or WWW commonly known as the Web turns 30 today. Introduced to the world in the year 1989, the WWW was invented by English scientist Tim Berners-Lee.

Tim Berners-Lee's vision of a global hyperlinked information system became a possibility by the second half of the 1980s. By 1985, the global Internet began to grow in Europe. In 1988 the first direct IP connection between Europe and North America was made.

Tim Berners-Lee wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.

The WWW then went through many phases of gradations such as HTML, Web page, Website, Web browser, Web server, Search engine and many more. Today, the WWW is a home of tremendous information, knowledge all over the world as well as out of this universe.

In order to glorify this source of knowledge USPS issued a 33 cent stamp on the 10th anniversary of World Wide Web. The stamp features a keyboard and the initial credentials of a website "https://www" and the ends i.e. net, org or com.

Royal mail also issued the ‘Inventive Britain’ Special Stamp set, to mark a long and rich history of Britain as an inventive nation. The stamps depict striking photographs and computer-generated interpretations of inventions created by British inventors over the last century. One of them features the World Wide Web.

Image Courtesy: https://arago.si.edu and https://www.telegraph.co.uk

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